He received another honor after the game, as he was named MVP of the finals.
“I’m happy that my hard work paid off,” he said after being presented with the MVP trophy, referring to his comeback from injuries and drama in 2018 with his last team, the San Antonio Spurs.
Leonard hit one free throw after a technical foul on the Warriors with less than a second remaining in the game, then two more after another foul, as the Raptors won 114-110.
He scored 22 points, while teammates Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry each scored 26.
The former Aztec came up huge for the Raptors in games 2-4 of the series, scoring 34, 30, and 36 points respectively.
Leonard’s finals play continued a hot streak through the 2019 playoffs, with the most notable moment coming as the Raptors dispatched the Philadelphia 76ers on a buzzer beater, not just to end the game, but the series.
The dramatic video went viral, as the ball bounced on the rim several times before going in for the winning shot.
Leonard, who attended high school in Riverside and Moreno Valley, played with the Aztecs from 2009-11. He was part of the San Antonio Spurs championship season in 2014 and was named MVP of the finals then as well.
This is his first season with the Raptors. His team won all three of their road games in Oakland to end the Warriors’ chance to win a third NBA championship in a row. The Warriors have made the finals every year since 2015.
– Staff reports
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